In Boynton Beach, a 23-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly drove to a drug deal with three young children in the backseat of his car.
The man, from Delray Beach, David Charles Coleman, Jr., known as “Boogie” was also wanted on other charges in Palm Beach and Broward counties, according to his arrest report.
A multi-agency operation was orchestrated after narcotics agents had received information about an alleged drug deal scheduled to go down at Jaycee Park.
Coleman was approached by narcotics officers upon arrived at the Boynton Beach park on Federal Hwy. When he refused to exit the vehicle, officers broke the darkly-tinted SUV windows and removed him. They also discovered another man in the passenger seat and a woman and three small children in the backseat. The children were ages 1, 3, and 5.
Police uncovered 4 grams of marijuana, 6 grams of crack cocaine and 70 baggies of heroin in the vehicle, the report said. Coleman stated to police that he was unemployed but his front pocket held $4,251.
The second man in Coleman’s vehicle, Eric Griffin, 29, of Delray Beach, was also arrested.
The woman from the backseat was not identified in the record. The relationship of the young children to the adults inside the car was also not disclosed.
The arrest record stated that the quantity and location of the suspect heroin was in reach of the children and if they would have been exposed to the suspect heroin, the substance would most likely have resulted in great bodily harm or death.
Coleman and Griffin were taken to the Boynton Beach Police Department where Colman allegedly told Griffin: “I should have punched it an(d) ran but, they were on us too fast.”
He then asked Griffin, “Man, I wonder who set us up? Was it the big guy?”
Coleman faces three counts of child neglect and one count each of trafficking heroin, possession of cocaine and marijuana and driving with a suspended license. He is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $264,000 bail.
Griffin is facing one charge of heroin possession and is being held without bond after violating the terms of a previous arrest.